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Old Ledbetter Bridge decking dropped 2 ft.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:59 AM EDT
Monday, May 5, 2014 8:25 PM EDT
By Amanda Roberts
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McCRACKEN Co, Ky -
The Coast Guard closed the Tennessee River for 1 mile under the Old Ledbetter Bridge until further notice.
Engineers with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet must clear traffic under the bridge as safe before it can be reopened.
Inspectors are checking to determine what caused two sections of the west approach decking on the Old Ledbetter Bridge to drop two feet.
People are advised to avoid the area on the McCracken County end of the old bridge, including the shoreline of the Tennessee River.
The Transportation Cabinet has already requested demolish the bridge; the request is being reviewed.
The Old Ledbetter Bridge was opened in 1931, but in January 2012 it was restricted to a 3-ton load limit which prompted an effort to speed up construction of the New Ledbetter Bridge.
US 60 traffic between Livingston County and McCracken County was moved ahead of schedule to the new bridge at the end of July 2013.
Inspectors continue to evaluate the old bridge, and at this time there does not appear to be a threat to river traffic at the site.
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